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Latham Advises Ardian in its Acquisition of a Majority Stake in AD Education

December 22, 2020
A Paris finance team advises the private equity house in the acquisition of a majority stake in the leading European higher education platform.

Ardian, a world-leading private equity house, announces the acquisition of a majority stake in AD Education alongside Kevin Guenegan, founder and CEO of the group, as well as the management team.

Founded in 2009, AD Education is a leading European higher education platform, pure player in the field of Creative Arts, teaching to more than 15,000 students in 12 schools on 36 campuses in France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. AD Education covers 4 main sub-segments: Design and Graphical Arts, Media and Digital, Audiovisual, and Culture and Luxury.

Over the past 10 years, the Group has established itself as the French leader on its core educational fields, following continued organic growth as well as successful build-ups, and as a sizeable European platform following acquisitions in Italy, Spain and Germany.

Within the framework of the partnership with AD Education, Ardian will support Kevin Guenegan and the management team in accelerating both organic and external growth as well as reinforcing its geographical diversification strategy. Thanks to its solid expertise in the education sector and its international network, Ardian holds the financial and human resources to identify and seize growth opportunities and thus support AD Education in its ambitious growth plan.

Latham advises Ardian in the transaction with a Paris finance team led by partner Xavier Farde and counsel Carla-Sophie Imperadeiro. Partner Olivia Rauch-Ravisé with Clémence Morel advise on tax structure aspects.